The following questions and explanations are meant to help potential
applicants determine whether the AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is
an appropriate source of funding for their project’s needs and to ease
application completion and submission process.
Investigator (PI) identified on the application must have an independent
AZA Membership (including those employed by an AZA-accredited
institution). All others should be listed as collaborators in the
narrative of the proposal and do not need to be members of AZA. The
roles and qualifications of all collaborators should be described in
detail and their CVs may be attached to the application if appropriate. Learn more about AZA Individual Membership.
Please see the CGF Tips for Success for suggestions.
Yes, AZA has defined six specific categories:
Field Conservation receives the most proposals and Animal Health receives the fewest.
proposals are made by larger institutions, however CGF encourages
submissions from smaller institutions as the average rate of award
success is equal amongst small and large institutions.
Yes. Costs that are not supported include:
Yes, projects are given preference if they:
grant is for one year only. PIs can apply for a second year of funding,
but must do so by submitting a new application. The same component of a
project can be funded for a maximum of two cycles. However, different
components of the same project are eligible for consideration as new
CGF grants are intended as seed money to attract other funding sources,
and only cover one year of a project's budget at a time. The same
component of a project can be funded for a maximum of two cycles.
However, different components of the same project will be considered and
previous recipients may certainly apply for funding to support a
different project. Since CGF proposals are reviewed based on their
individual merit, there is not a limit on the number of times a PI can
apply for CGF funding - even within a single funding cycle.
The average CGF award is approximately $18,000.
You may apply for CGF funding even if you've already applied to other
funding sources. You must indicate in the budget section of your CGF
application which items (if any) were also requested from other sources
and identify all other pending grants. You are required to alert the AZA
Conservation office if funding is received that overlaps with the part
of the project for which CGF support is requested. The AZA Scientific
Advisory Committee (SAC) retains the right to revoke any portion of a
CGF award if additional funding that overlaps with the CGF portion is
CGF cannot fund project-related salaries for staff who are already
employed elsewhere, providing them with a "second salary,” nor can CGF
support their long-term, regular employment, even if that employment is
based on soft-money (e.g., grants). Salaries for graduate students,
technicians, and start-up positions established solely for the purpose
of completion of the project may qualify for funding.
are encouraged to list references for statements made within the
proposal. References may be an appendix, attached as a separate Word
document, to the CGF application email.
Although you should be aware of the related Animal Program or Committee research priorities, endorsements are not suggested or required as part
of the CGF application. Instead, at least one relevant AZA Animal
Program and/or AZA Board-level Committee will review the completed
proposal during the review process to address its relevancy to current priorities.
year, proposals are disqualified due to simple mistakes. The AZA
Conservation office is happy to check over proposals received at least
one week prior to the 5:00 PM EDT, 15 March submission deadline. We
strongly encourage applicants to submit their proposals as early as
possible to allow time for corrections. CGF administrators are not
obligated to alert applicants to errors or omissions in proposals
received less than two weeks before the application deadline.
application review is a two-tiered process, ensuring that only the
proposals of highest quality and relevance are selected for funding.
More information and a detailed description of this process can be found
on the Selection Process page.
Each June, we send
out a fundraising appeal to AZA members; however members
and the general public can donate at any time. Members donating at least
$200 will be recognized at the Annual Conference. All contributors to
the CGF are acknowledged in our member magazine, Connect, each year, as well as on AZA's website. Donate now!
AZA is a
non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under the
provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Contributions to the CGF or any fund of the AZA are tax deductible to
the full extent of the law.
Please email CGF@aza.org